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Amartya Sen documentary red flagged by censors

The censor board has asked to mute some words on the plea that their usage would "damage the country's image"

Published: 13th July 2017

Suman Ghosh's documentary on Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has not got the nod from the censors who have raised objections to words like 'cow', 'Gujarat', 'Hindu' as well as 'Hindutva' used by the economist in an interview that is part of the film. Ghosh has been asked by the censor board to mute these words in the documentary, An Argumentative Indian, on the plea that their usage would "damage the country's image."

"They say these words, for example, 'Gujarat' have to be muted with a beep as Sen made some comments about the Gujarat riots. They also wanted that the words 'cow' and 'Hindutva', and the expression 'Hindu India' used by him during the interview to be muted with beeps. I find these demands bizarre," said Ghosh

The filmmaker went on to say, "Well, we know what is happening in the country. Films like Udta Punjab, Lipstick under my Burkha have generated controversies. But I never thought that a documentary, which has been made without any script, would face the same treatment."

He also expressed his disappointment that this treatment was being meted out to things said by someone of Sen's stature. "It only shows to what extent things can go. I can only say I am a bit shocked," he added.

The hour-long documentary, structured as a free-flowing conversation between Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor, Kaushik Basu, has already been screened in New York and London. It had a special screening in Kolkata on Monday.

The documentary was scheduled for release in a number of theatres on Friday.

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